A new initiative to stimulate interest and generate positive responses towards nature conservation issues through the use of photography has been born. Tagged “The Urban Jungle”, the online photography competition is the first National Photography contest of its kind in Nigeria being organized by the foremost nature conservation organization, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) with the support of popular mall, SPAR. The initiative is embracing the technological age and effectiveness of social media hence, the competition is entirely run on the Facebook platform - https://www.facebook.com/urbanjunglenigeria According to the organizer, the competition is meant to engage as many members of the general public and create an opportunity for the appreciation of Nigeria’s natural environment and raw beauty. The online photo contests which started on May 1, is expected to continue till the end of November 2014. "Photos of the month will be announced on the 1st of every month. Top 7 pictures with most "like" will receive prizes each month. The winning entries will be determined through the number of “likes” from members of the public on the dedicated Facebook page. In November, the top ten finalists will be invited to attend the Annual NCF Dinner Dance & Awards where the…
A training workshop was held from 5th to 7th March 2014 to prepare participants for the birding activities and data collation of the Ibadan Bird Club (IBC). This training has become necessitated as parts of the efforts to introduce another volunteer-based bird conservation group in Ibadan,after the success of the Lekki Bird Club in Lagos. The training was largely field based and was held in University of Ibadan (UI) and International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria. Activities of the training workshop were in two parts; lecture presentation and field session. The lecture presentation took place on Day 1 (March 5th) at the Department of Wildlife & Ecotourism, UI and it exposed participants to birds generally, some birding tips/techniques and the concept of Citizen Science. The field sessions took place on Day 2 (March 6th) and Day 3 (March 7th) at Awba Dam, UI and Golf Course in IITA respectively. The practical sessions gave the trainees the opportunity to practise the bird identification, counting of birds and also recording of information learnt during the lecture presentation. Over 30 participants including students from UI and other Universities participated in this 3-day Training Workshop. Staffs from IITA including the Forest…
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation has concluded plan to vigorously pursue all actions aiming at returning Nigerian vegetation to 25 per cent cover. The Leadership of the Foundation working on 5 years strategic plan had concluded arrangements to ensure that efforts are put in place to engage all stakeholders on environmental issues in Nigeria towards ensuring that the 25 percent forest cover as recommended by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is achievable. Led by its President, Chief Philip Asiodu, the Foundation's at its Council retreat recently resolved that it will devote more energy on advocacy and stakeholders engagement on the need to protect the remaining forest cover while supporting massive tree planting initiative throughout the country. NCF believes that improvement in vegetation cover will not only enhance livelihoods but promote Nigeria’s ecological integrity while ameliorating the impacts of climate change. According to chief Asiodu, the Foundation will continue to advocate for a sustained bolder programmes towards achieving 25 percent forest cover for our country beyond 2020. We will put more efforts on Forest Regeneration and Protection strategy with the aim of increasing our forest reserves from less than 5 percent now to 25 percent as recommended by the Food and…
A one-day training on “Bio-rights Approach to Conservation” was organized for the technical staff of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. The training formed part of the capacity building component on the Sustainable Livelihoods and Biodiversity Project (SLBP) in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria. The SLBP is being implemented in Nigeria by Wetlands International {Africa Office) in partnership with NCF and Living Earth Nigeria Foundation. Bio-rights are an innovative financing mechanism for reconciling poverty alleviation and environmental conservation. By providing micro-credits for sustainable development, the approach enables local communities to refrain from unsustainable practices and be actively involved in environmental conservation and restoration. Bio-rights offers a novel approach in which global stakeholders pay local communities to provide ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, fresh water supply and biodiversity. Thus, the approach unites the conservation and development aspirations of NGOs, governments, the private sector and local communities alike. It ensures that micro-credits are converted into definitive payments upon successful delivery of conservation services at the end of a contracting period. Facilitated by Mr. Almoustapha Maiga of Wetlands International Office in Mali, the skills learned will be put to use by the technical staff especially field Officers…
Worried by the various challenges facing the National Park as a result of heavy poaching, habitat degradation, infrastructure decay as well as managerial and administrative constraints including weak human and technical capacity and poor funding among others, some nature conservationists and tourist investors have resolved to facilitate private partnership involvement in the Nigerian National Parks . To kick start the processes that will lead to the Private sector participation in National Parks in Nigeria, a two- day workshop was organized for stakeholders on 5th and 6th of February, 2014 in Lagos. Facilitated by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation with the support of T.Y Holdings, the workshop involved the management of the National Parks, representatives of African Parks and Wilderness Safari and other Nigerian based non-governmental organizations with the aim of: Reviewing the challenges and opportunities for private sector involvement in National Parks planning, management and development, Identification of best practices and institutional arrangements for private sector participation in National Parks and, developing action plans for private sector participation in National Parks, using some National Parks as entry points for action. The sponsor of the two-day workshop, General Theophilus Danjuma (Rtd) in his opening remarks said that his interest is to see…
Environmentalists have said that except the lack management of water resources in Nigeria is adequately addressed all efforts and progress made on poverty reduction targets and sustainable development will be jeopardized. Speaking at the 12th Chief Shafi Lawal Edu Memorial Lecture organized by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation in Lagos, a group of environmentalists decried the way water resources management is being handled by the Government as water affects almost all aspects of the economy, in particular health, food production and security; domestic water supply and sanitation; energy and industry; and environmental sustainability. Renowned climatology, Professor Olukayode Oladipo who was the guest lecturer at the annual lecture series, in his paper titled "climate resilient water resources management for poverty reduction in Nigeria" said that Water stress is already high in many parts of Nigeria, making improved management critical to ensuring sustainable development. According to him, water resources underpin our quality of life and our national economy. The sustainability of Nigeria’s economic growth and development will depend, among other things, on what happens to its water resources. Water is a key input to economic growth sectors and contributes to employment, job creation and gross domestic product (GDP), but, as demonstrated above, the…
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